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2019 Top Rated Spray Sunscreens

Are you getting ready to take advantage of the long days of summer or maybe hit the sunny slopes of a high altitude ski resort this winter? Whatever your destination, make sure you’re armed with one of these top rated spray sunscreens for easy, convenient sun protection all day long.

Choosing the right sunscreen can be overwhelming, there are A LOT of choices out there. Here is a list of the 10 Top Rated Spray Sunscreens to help you find the perfect product.


SPF
SPF rates how much production you receive against UVB rays (burning rays).

  • SPF 15 protects against 93 percent of UVB rays
  • SPF 30 guards against 97 percent of UVB rays
  • SPF 50 protects against 98 percent of UVB rays
  • SPF 100 guards against 99 percent of UVB rays

Types of Sunscreen
There are basically two types of sunscreen, whichever you choose, make sure it provides Broad Spectrum UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays) protection.

  • Traditional sunscreens use chemicals like avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone to absorb the sun’s UV rays, then convert those rays into heat, and releases them from the body.
  • Physical blocking sunscreens use mineral sunscreens like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, that sit on top of the skin to block the sun’s rays from the body.

  • Bad Chemicals
    Oxybenzone is a chemical that is absorbed into the body through the bloodstream and can disrupt the hormone system. Oxybenzone, is also a synthetic molecule that is known to be toxic to corals, algae, sea urchins, fish and mammals. States like Hawaii are banning this chemical.
  • Avoid sunscreens with Vitamin A as data is showing tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A
  • If using mineral based sunscreens look for Non-Nano products. Nano particles are so small they can easily enter the bloodstream, however, a non-nano is larger and is unable to enter the bloodstream, so it is safer

How to Apply

Sunscreen sprays make applying sunblock easy and convenient but they can be dangerous if not used correctly.

    • Do not breathe the contents as you spray, as some sunscreen ingredients can be lung irritants. Be especially wary if you are spraying titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide, when inhaled in large amounts, has been linked to cancer in rodents.
    • Avoid spraying directly on young children, instead, spray the product into your hands and rub it onto the child’s skin.
    • Avoid sprays on windy days.
  • Do not use sprays if you’re going to be near an open flame ( like a bonfire or bbq grill). Sprays can, literally, burn you because many sunscreens contain alcohol, which is flammable.

Here in Vail, Colorado the elevation is 8,150 feet above sea level, we are so close to the sun, sometimes I feel we can reach out and touch it. For that very reason, because we are so close to the sun, it is important to wear a good sunscreen every day. Find the right product for you and then get out and hike, bike, ski, picnic, golf or any of the other tons of fun things to do outside, knowing you are protected from harmful UV rays.


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Top Rated Sunscreen Sprays


Replenix Sheer Sunscreen Replenix Sheer Spray Sunscreen

A broad spectrum, zinc-oxide spray sunblock that goes on clear and reduces the effects of the sun’s rays, what more could you want?

  • SPF 50 sunscreen
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
  • This physical, mineral sunblocks is chemical-free
  • 12% micronized Zinc Oxide
  • 100% invisible. No white residue is clear when applied
  • Water Resistant 40 minutes
  • For face & body, ideal for sensitive skin and will not clog pores.
  • Antioxidant enriched with Green Tea Polyphenols, Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Emblica, Co-Q10
  • Fast absorbing, sheer application
  • Gluten-free, paraben- free, oil- free, chemical- free, alcohol- free and fragrance-free
  • Available in 4 fl. oz. bottle
  • Omnidirectional spray is easy to use, even sprays upside down!
  • FDA compliant
  • Made in the USA
  • Trusted by dermatologists for over 35 years.

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KINeSYS Spray Sunscreen KINeSYS spray sunscreen

Made with cosmetic grade silicone instead of oils or alcohols this SPF 50 sunblock absorbs into the skin quickly and feels light and silky.

  • SPF 50
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
  • Traditional, chemical-based sunscreen
  • Fragrance-free
  • Ideal for sensitive skin & daily use
  • Water Resistant for 80 minutes
  • Oil-free and alcohol-free so it does not feel greasy. Awesome to use when playing tennis, golf, rock climbing or cycling because it won’t affect your grip.
  • Wear under & over make-up for all-day protection
  • Hypoallergenic and won’t clog pores
  • Has antioxidants including Vitamin E.
  • Non-aerosol, pump spray bottle lets you apply sunscreen easily & quickly
  • 4 ounce size has up to 170+ sprays per bottle
  • Dermatologist recommended.
  • Preservative-free, PABA-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, Oxybenzone-free, sulfite-free
  • They do not test on animals
  • Made in Canada
  • Available in 4 oz/1 oz compact sizes to easily fits in a pocket or purse
  • Travel size, TSA carry-on compliant
  • Available in Fragrance-free, Vanilla Green Tea, Mango, Fragrance-free Kids

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EltaMD UV Spray Sunscreen EltaMD UV spray sunscreen

EltaMD UV spray sunblocks is the #1 dermatologist recommended profession sunscreen brand. So you know they are not kidding around, they take sun protection seriously.

    • SPF 46
    • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
    • Traditional, chemical based sunscreen
    • Mineral based, physical sunscreen
    • Made of 9.3% transparent Zinc Oxide
    • Sprays on white so you can see coverage then dries clear when rubbed in.
    • 80 minute water-resistant sun protection.
    • Convenient trigger spray dispenses sunscreen quickly and easily to hard-to-reach areas
    • Fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and non-clogging.
    • Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation
    • Non-greasy and lightweight. Area of Use is Face and Body
    • Perfect for kids and adults
    • Body and facial sunscreen that is safe for all skin types
    • Zinc Oxide is very photostable and will not degrade like some chemical sunscreens
  • Available in pump action spray and continuous spray

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Alba Botanica Natural Protection Kids Spray Alba Botanica kids sunscreen spray

Perfect protection all year round with Alba sunblock. This sunscreen does not have any active ingredients that may harm coral reefs.

  • SPF 40
  • Traditional, chemical based sunscreen
  • Chemical based, traditional sunscreen product
  • You will receive 2 Bottles each containing 4 ounces of sunscreen
  • Convenient spray bottle
  • Biodegradable formula
  • Tear-free and hypo-allergenic so its perfect for kids
  • Water resistant for 80 minutes
  • Non-greasy, milky spray lotion
  • Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
  • 100% vegetarian and no animal testing,
  • Contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA or artificial colors and is reef-friendly.
  • Fragrance-free
  • 4 ounce size

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Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Rocky Mountain Spray Sunscreen

Inspired by Altitude this is serious sunblock born in the Rocky Mountains. This powerful high altitude sun protection has proven itself worthy weather skiing the slopes, hiking a mountain or hitting the waves.

  • SPF 50
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
  • Traditional, chemical based sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Oxybenzone free, Octinoxate-free, Paraben-free, no Silicone or Retinyl Palmitate
  • Reef Friendly
  • Available in gallon or quart tub for your camp, childcare, preschool, locker rooms, or sports organization. Also, available in travel sizes.
  • Fragrance-free
  • Rubs in like a lotion without leaving any white residue on your skin.
  • Water resistant for 80 minutes
  • Featuring FDA regulated, globally-approved Avobenzone and Octocrylene.
  • Headquarters located in Arvada, Colorado

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Coral Isles REEF FRIENDLY & Safe Sunscreen COral Isles Spray Sunscreen

Want to protect the environment while protecting your skin? This is the perfect

    • SPF 50
    • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
    • Traditional, chemical based sunblock
    • 3 Pack of 6 oz Coral Isles REEF FRIENDLY & Safe Sunscreen Mist Spray
    • Contains NO Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, or Parabens, PABA
    • Water Resistant for 80 min,
    • Non-aerosol, bag-on-valve offers great omni-directional spray that sprays on evenly from every angle.
    • Contains no harmful ingredients and is reef-friendly
    • A cruelty-free product
    • Fragrance Free Mixed/ Filled/ Packaged in the USA,
    • Not greasy and rubs in like a lotion without a white residue left on your skin.
    • Hypoallergenic
  • Featuring Globally-Approved UVA Absorber Avobenzone and Globally Approved Octocrylene

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Hint Spray Sunscreen Hint SPF 30 Spray Sunscreen

Hint has been making delicious, natural, good for you water for years, they have now branched out into making natural, good for you sunscreens as well.

  • Introducing a highly-effective sunscreen that you’ll love to wear.
  • SPF 30
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
  • Traditional, Chemical based sunblock
  • Goes on clear with a continuous mist
  • Made with subtle natural fruit essences for delicious scents
  • Available in grapefruit, pear, and pineapple scents
  • 360 Degree spray-on application, makes lubing up for the beach a breeze. This type of bag-on-valve uses compress air not propellant chemicals
  • Water resistant for 80 minutes. ,
  • Uniform coverage, extra-fast drying time. (Yes there is alcohol in there)
  • No Oxybenzone or parabens
  • Available in 3-ounce, 6-ounce, single bottles and 3-packs

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Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Spray Sun Bum Spray Sunscreen

Made for people who LOVE the sun by people who love the sun. Everything you need to stay protected from the sun’s rays.

  • SPF 30
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
  • Physical, mineral based spray-on sunblock
  • It sprays on white, but it rubs right in and vanishes
  • Smells like summer with a tropical coconut scent
  • Enjoy this ultra sheer/dry to the touch formula
  • Ideal for everyday use,
  • Perfect for adults and children and those with the most sensitive skin
  • Water Resistant for 80 Minutes
  • Made with Zinc-Based Minerals
  • Vegan ingredients
  • Moisturizes skin with added Vitamin E
  • Free of Parabens, PABA and Ozybenzone
  • Reef-friendly
  • Tested, approved, and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation
  • Great chemical free sunscreen.

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ORGO Completely Weightless Sunscreen Spray ORGO complete spray sunscreen

If you are looking for a natural, organic, clean sunscreen that offers heavy-duty SPF protection in a weightless formula, ORGO is your product.

  • SPF 30 & 50
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
  • Physical mineral based sunblock
  • Contains Titanium Dioxide
  • Safe for all skin types for face and neck
  • 2 oz. easy travel approved size
  • Apply over makeup throughout day
  • Water Resistant for up to 80 minutes
  • Weightless SPF 29 sunscreen face spray.
  • Non-greasy, light formula absorbs quickly
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Spray-on formula for full coverage and sun protection
  • Featuring natural and organic ingredients such as Kakadu Plum, Eucalyptus & Red Algae
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • NON nano sunscreen
  • Featured on Natural Health Magazine as the Best Innovative Natural Sunscreen

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Australian Gold Botanical Spray Sunscreen Australian Gold Spray Sunscreen

Powerful mineral based sun protection that is gentle on your skin. Enjoy a refreshing, luxurious, powdery-clean feel, rich in vitamins and antioxidants

  • SPF 30
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA/UVB rays)
  • Physical, Mineral based sunblock
  • Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide provide non-chemical sun protection
  • Oxybenzone Free, Paraben Free, Phthalate Free, PABA Free, Petrolatum Free, Sulfate Free
  • Water Resistant for 80 minutes
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist and Pediatrician Tested;
  • Cruelty-free, not tested on animals
  • Natural ingredients include Kakadu Plum, Eucalyptus and Red Algae
  • Formulated with Organic Alcohol for a naturally luxurious, quick-drying sunscreen
  • 360 degree constant mist spray bottle means you can even spray it upside down.
  • Citrus Oasis scent is light and refreshing
  • 6 fluid ounces.
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Comments Girl sunbathing

What did you think of this list of the Top Rated Spray Sunscreens? Is your favorite on this list? Which kind of sun protection do you prefer mineral or a more traditional chemical sunblock. We would love to hear your thoughts, comments and stories about sunscreen or epic sunburns!


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4 Comments

  • Sharon

    Great article about top rated spray sunscreens! All this while, I have been using sunblock lotion and not thought of using sprays, silly me. This is so much more convenient. The only thing I look for when buying is the SPF. Thanks to your article, I now know I should be checking the product label more carefully. I bet not many people know about the effect of Vitamin A in sunscreen. Now, I am going to go through your recommended list again to decide which to buy.

    Thanks again.

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Sharon, I am so happy you found the post about top rated sunscreens helpful.  Yes spray sunscreen can be so convenient. SPF is super important as is wether you prefer a traditional chemical sunscreen or a mineral based sunscreen.  Being that I live up here in Vail. Colorado, I am partial to Rocky Mountain Sunscreen as it was created to block the sun’s rays at altitude in harsh conditions in both winter and summer, I also love that it comes in BIG quantities if you need it, has a pump-action spray bottle for easy application, and is based right here in Colorado.

  • mohammadahm1

    Thank you for the article about top rated spray sunscreens. I have been looking for a good mineral-based sunscreen that is not cancer-causing and also will not damage the reefs or the environment, not an easy chore.  I loved all the options you suggested and made it so easy for me to find what I need which is the Replenix Sheer Sunscreen.  It checks all the boxes and now all i need are a new pair of sunglasses and I will be summer-ready. Thanks so much for this list, it made a complicated subject very easy to navigate.

    • ThinkVail

      So happy to hear that you were able to find just the right sunscreen from the list of top rated spray sunscreens.  The Replenix Sheer Sunscreen is a winner!   Since it is a physical sunscreen it does not contain the harmful  oxybenzone chemical that they think might be hurting the coral reefs.  This is a great sunscreen that goes on clear with no white residue. Lastly, it is a pump spray so you don’t have to worry as much about inhaling airborne particles as you do with a continuous, aerosol spray.  Enjoy the sunscreen and if you need tips on sunglasses check out the article “Best Dark, Polarized Sunglasses for Women”

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